Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (52) dances for wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) and wide receiver Torey Smith (82) following the game of the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium. (Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)
Ray Lewis is a man who needs very little introduction.
The legendary Baltimore linebacker is rounding out his 17-year career with a starting role as the heart and soul of the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.
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However, according to ESPN, Lewis has already taken his last dance.
Lewis’ trademark pre-game dance, in which he pumps his arms and legs that impresses some people (we’ll reserve our criticisms for now) in an effort to get himself pumped up, has been performed for the very last time.
No matter what happens on Super Sunday, no matter what is seen, the dance will not be done — it will not be seen. It is of note that teams are introduced as a whole in the Super Bowl, and not individual players, which could have led to part of Lewis’ decision to not perform the dance.
Ravens fans may be upset by this. However, should Lewis carry his team to a Super Bowl XLVII victory, no one will miss the dance.
They’ll be too busy dancing in the streets, and Lewis himself will be far too busy hoisting a second career Lombardi Trophy.
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